The Ultram lawsuit is a class action suit
filed against Ortho-McNeil, the manufacturer of the pharmaceutical
drug Ultram. Ortho-McNeil failed to include in the medical literature
the adverse side effects of the drug and this conveys intent to
mislead the public on the merits of the Ultram.
The drug was marketed as a non-narcotic
analgesic and is classified as an "over the counter"
drug, so thousands had access because a prescription is not required
for its sale.
When the side effects started to consistently appear, the thousands
who took the drug and suffered, complained over the alleged failure
of Ortho McNeil to provide sufficient information on the true
qualities of the drug. Although the manufacturer issued several
warnings, these only came following the surfacing of complaints
and testimonials on the life-threatening effects of the drug.
Thus to warn the public over the drug's deadly side effects and
further stop its proliferation, the aggrieved patients had no
other recourse but to file Ultram lawsuits.
Just what is the drug Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride)? The manufacturer
Ortho-McNeil described it as a synthetic opiate that was marketed
as a non-narcotic analgesic and an effective pain reliever. Medical
practitioners also prescribed the drug for chronic pain management.
Though many patients can attest to the reliability of the drug,
a small number of patients suffered seizures, convulsions and
What other adverse reaction does the drug Ultram have? It should
not be prescribed for patients with history of drug and alcohol
addiction. And, when prescribed by the doctor, the drug should
be taken as per instruction, never increase or decrease the dosage
and limit intake to 300 milligrams daily.
For those currently on Ultram and would wish to discontinue use
of the drug, remember not to halt the intake abruptly. Consult
your doctor first for it may be necessary to reduce the dose on
a gradual basis. Sudden withdrawal from the drug may cause anxiety,
sweating, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, chills, hallucinations, trouble
with sleeping or breathing problems.
Contrary to perception, Ultram is a narcotic-like pain reliever
and an extended-release drug. It is therefore used to treat moderate
to severe chronic pain whenever treatment is needed around the
clock. Ultram should not be taken in powder form, inhaled or diluted
with liquid and injected into the body for that could cause life-threatening
side effects, overdose or even death.
Your doctor should also be informed beforehand in case you have
a kidney disease, liver disease, stomach disorder or perhaps a
history of mental illness or suicide attempts before this drug
should even be administered to you. Most of all, this drug is
extremely habit-forming, so consult your doctor if there is a
need to increase the dosage in the course of pain management.
Owing to Ortho-McNeil's failure to provide consumer-relevant information,
the Ultram lawsuit became a necessary action in order to compensate
the victims. For those who have suffered injury because of ingesting
this drug, it may be necessary to seek legal action in order to